*For the first part, check out http://rach124jc.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/beautiful-bohol-days-1-and-2/
We went on the infamous Choco Tour for our third day. First stop was the blood compact (sandugo) site where Legazpi met with Sikatuna and formed a treaty of friendship.
We passed by one of the oldest churches in the island made of stone and stuck together using egg whites. We didn’t go down to see it so I only caught a glimpse.
Next we went to the dreaded sanctuary of the largest python alive in Asia – Prony! Fortunately, he was sleeping so I was able to get a few shots in (albeit looking scared).
It was funny because Prony had a pet bird who hopped left to right and back on its stand. After we all took our pics, there was another tourist who took his turn. While he was posing, the bird suddenly flew down to the ground and the tourist almost panicked because it might wake the snake. When the caretaker picked up the bird and put it back on its stand, it flew around again, and the tourist almost ran out of the cage in panic. Good thing it wasn’t me.. =| Freaky!
Another highlight of the python sanctuary was the animal show. See picture below. Lol.
We went to Xzootic Animal Park next for pictures with two other pythons! These were smaller but still considered huge…and they can be touched or laid on. Fortunately, they didn’t really mind. I also held a, uh, komodo dragon was it? Some kind of iguana or komodo dragon. Coolers!
After all the excitement, we headed to the Loboc River for a cruise with buffet lunch. I loved the breeze, the food (shrimps and crabs, yum!!!), and the view. It was so relaxing I just wanted to lie down and read a book or sleep. Ahhhh, the refreshing island breeze…zzzz.
As if we couldn’t get enough of an adrenaline rush, we went to the Loboc Eco Adventure Park – zipline time again! I still couldn’t get over my fear of heights so only my brother went on the ride. I feel a little regret after though because it seemed fun. Lol.
My fear of heights was tested again because we went to visit the Buko King! However, to get to him, we needed to cross a looooooong hanging bridge constructed from bamboo. After a couple of steps, I slipped a bit on the smooth bamboo and that’s when I started panicking and it took me forever to cross the bridge. Aside from the heat, the fear made me sweat so much!
The Buko King is actually quite famous, having able to peel the husk of a coconut husk using his mouth!
He demonstrated this to us and we drank fresh buko juice afterwards to refresh ourselves.
While drinking, I overhead another tourist say that she had a challenge crossing the hanging bridge but discovered it would be easier to cross if you step on the perpendicular bamboo strips. I took this advice to heart and was able to cross effortlessly on the way back. Mission accomplished! I salute a thank you to that lady for her help.
Finally, we arrived at the Tarsier Conservation Area where we saw… wait for it…. tarsiers! :D As these primates are nocturnal, most of them were sleeping. There was one who woke up because a group ahead of us made a lot of noise so we were able to shoot pictures of him with his full, big eyes. A few seconds later, we were probable not considered threats so its eyes started to droop slowly. So cute!
We got back into the car and encountered a part along the way where there were so many trees that the sunlight could only filter through in fragments. This is the Bilar man-made forest area, a project of the government before where every ROTC student had to plant a tree. There were so many trees planted so near each other that it seemed eerie and dark even when the sun was actually blazing hot.
Another thirty minutes later and we reached the Chocolate Hills top viewing spot. We stayed here for a while taking a lot of pictures (with the expected jump shots and sitting-on-a-broom shot).
After taking a short refresher break at the hotel, we had dinner at Café Atanacio located in the Bohol Tropics Resort. End of the full third day!
Our last day was more relaxing. Woke up later than usual to recharge from a few late nights. We headed to Hinagdagan Cave, which is pretty much dead as the limestone have turned to black from misuse. The fun part was the tour guide – full of wit and humor. He was also an expert at directing shots and using our cameras for the best color balance shots! Amazing!
After the cave, we headed to the Bohol Bee Farm where we learned about herbs and bees. It was interesting to note how many uses herbs have (and I thought of personal project regarding that…) and to learn new facts about bees. We were then given an opportunity to hold a frame holding a colony of bees.
Aside from these spots, we went to my uncle’s planned subdivision lots and the convention center, his beach resort, and pig farm. We then took a late lunch at Gerarda’s, highly recommended for their ambiance (ancestral house converted to restaurant) and Filipino dishes (try the kare-kare soup, crispy tadyang, pinaupo na manok, and kawali in gata). Afterwards, we had dessert at The Buzz Café of the Bohol Bee Farm.
This trip to Bohol may have seem short, but it was so packed that I felt it wasn’t a trip wasted. All that I wanted to see I saw; the most important landmarks and tourists spots I was able to go. If I go back, I’ll only prioritize Mag-aso Falls and the Sea Tour (Virgin Island, Balicayon Island, etc). Otherwise, Bohol is check!